The notoriously grumpy guy (Larry McMurtry) who wrote the greatest Western novel of all time (Lonesome Dove) has something sweet to say about my favorite city (Fort Worth).
The February issue of Texas Monthly shares an essay by McMurtry, who rates the state’s best big cities.
Not surprisingly, Fort Worth topped Dallas.
But how the hell did we lose out to that sweaty armpit Houston?
Here’s an excerpt from McMurtry’s piece:
If I were to anatomize the six major cities more or less in order of urban merit, I would now put Houston first by a large margin: it’s a great city. Next would come Austin and Fort Worth. … Dallas I haven’t enjoyed since the sixties, when I could still scout books at the Harper’s big bookshop in Deep Ellum, where my son now often performs. Dallas is a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate.
As for McMurtry’s hometown of Archer City: I spent a week there one night.
Actually, I had a great time in Archer City at a party in somebody’s backyard a couple of years ago. After midnight, the neighbors began complaining. So the party moved to the town square, and four or five of us sat in front of a little motel and drank beer until 5 in the morning.
The police never came by. Nobody came by. I only recall a few cars passing through town in all those hours.
I’d booked a room online at the little motel, and when I showed up nobody was even working the counter. The motel owner had left a key in an envelope with my name on it, and told me to please return the key to the counter the next morning when I left.
I’d put Archer City atop my list of best small cities for that alone.